At first glance, Hopscotch can seem like a weird combination of seemingly disparate elements: a retro Fifties diner aesthetic, a scotch-centric bar program, and, most importantly, Chef Kyle Itani’s Northern California-inflected Asian fusion menu, which shares little in common with the heavy-handed old-school fusion cooking that was popular a decade ago. Instead, Itani creates dishes in which Japanese elements are incorporated with a dash of whimsy, but also with precision and restraint: duck-fat potato chips with yuzu aioli, pâté with “sauerkraut” made in a traditional Japanese pickle press, or a burger topped with griddled beef tongue. Meanwhile, despite the casual setting, the service — headed up by co-owner Jenny Schwarz — is some of the best and friendliest in town.
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards
Happy-hour drink specials daily from 3 to 5:30 p.m.